Changes to the Radiation Protection Regulations 2006

Changes to the Radiation Protection Regulations 2006

Radiation Protection and Advice

The Radiation Protection Act 2005 provides a framework for protecting Tasmanians and their environment from radiation while enabling access to its beneficial uses. 

Tasmania has a strong history of regulating radiation safety, from the first Radioactive Substances Act passed by Parliament in 1954 to the review and rewrite of the Radiation Control Act 1977, which resulted in the 2005 Act. 

In 2012, the Department consulted on proposed changes to the Radiation Protection Act 2005 and the Radiation Protection Regulations 2006

The changes do not represent a significant rewrite, rather they update radiation safety standards (endorsed internationally and by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency).

They also address matters identified in the day-to-day operation of the Act by the Director of Public Health, Population Health Services' Radiation Protection Unit and key stakeholders.  

Changes to the Act began on 20 June 2013.  These changes have been incorporated into the official version of the Act available at www.thelaw.tas.gov.au

Changes to the Regulations were dealt with in two stages: the first under the Radiation Protection Amendment (Disposal) Regulations 2012, which began on 26 December 2012 and the second under the Radiation Protection Amendment Regulations 2014, which began on 9 July 2014. 

 All of the changes are incorporated into the official version of the Radiation Protection Regulations 2006, available at www.thelaw.tas.gov.au

A copy of the Regulations tracking the most recent changes and a fact sheet summarising the changes are also available.

For more information contact:

Population Health Services, Radiation Protection Unit

Phone: (03) 6166 7256

Email: radiation.protection@dhhs.tas.gov.au

October 2014

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